5 Great Vegan Pressure Cooker Cookbooks

5 Great Vegan Pressure Cooker Cookbooks

Preparing pressure cooker meals is becoming huge within the plant-based community. A good quality pressure cooker, like the reliable Instant Pot, provides easy access to meal variety and, for once, simple meal preparation. Often, one of the biggest struggles for people adopting a whole food, plant-based diet is not only learning how to cook, but increasingly the frequency of meals cooked. For people who are retired, this may not to a problem, but for those of us working full-time jobs and handling other responsibilities (like raising children), making time to cook if it is not a hobby or passion can be tough. 

To help you jump start your pressure cooking, I thought I would put together a small list of vegan-friendly pressure cooker recipe books. I have not used all of these, but have read a number of reviews and can see the great response to many of them online like in conversation with some members of the McDougall Friend's Facebook group. Maybe you have some different cookbooks that you would suggest? We'd love to hear your input in the comments at the end of this article! 

How to Naturally Sweeten Your Oatmeal

How to Naturally Sweeten Your Oatmeal

One of my favorite breakfast foods is steel cut oatmeal. I think many individuals who subscribe to a plant-based diet would agree that it is a great way to kickstart the day given that it calorie dense (so...filling), provides a good deal of carbohydrate energy, and a good deal of fiber too to keep you regular. Of course, all this sounds kind of bland, until you remember that oatmeal actually tastes good, too. 

My favorite aspect of oatmeal is how simple it can be to make adjustments so that it tastes radically different each time. While some companies sell artificially flavored oatmeal, often in "instant packets," you can have the same success with organic and natural plant-based diet friendly ingredients. 

21 Kitchen Tools as Recommended by McDougall Friend's Group

21 Kitchen Tools as Recommended by McDougall Friend's Group

Following the diet laid out by Dr. John McDougall in The Starch Solution can be difficult for many - in part because it is so different from the Standard American Diet. Fortunately, there are many great online resources and communities that can help make a world of difference. One such community is the McDougall Friend's Group on Facebook that I frequent. 

If you are looking to get input on joining the plant-based lifestyle, or just need some help getting a firmer grip on your current WFPB diet, I would highly recommend joining this group and chiming in on some of the conversations.

10 Kitchen Tools to Make a Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet Easier!

10 Kitchen Tools to Make a Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet Easier!

Having the right tools can make all the difference when it comes to your success or failure in adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet for good. There is a perception by many that this is a difficult lifestyle to take on, and in some ways it can be if you are well adjusted to the easy (and lazy) ways of the Standard American Diet and lifestyle. Learning how to make the plant-based life a simple and pleasurable one will help you make the transition far easier. 

What follows are a list of kitchen tools, appliances, aids, etc. that I frequently use to make meeting my dietary needs. These range from simple and sometimes obvious recommendations, to products that are more "out of the box" that I make work for me.

10 Whey Protein Powder Side Effects to Make You Consider Plant-Based Protein alternatives

10 Whey Protein Powder Side Effects to Make You Consider Plant-Based Protein alternatives

Whey protein powder side effects are real - and for many can be significantly life changing - in a bad way. Given that whey protein is derived from dairy, many who struggle with milk allergies (like lactose intolerance) are going to have a bad time. These negative health impacts are often easy to reverse - it can be as simple as just stopping use of whey protein powders and replacing with a whole foods, plant-based protein powder instead! 

How to Replace Fatty Oils in Your Baking Recipes

How to Replace Fatty Oils in Your Baking Recipes

If you are looking to reduce or completely rid your cooking of fatty oils – like coconut, olive, and vegetable oil – it can sometimes be difficult to think of a good replacement. A whole foods, plant-based diet with no oil has been advocated by many plant-based doctors, and I even attribute much of my successful weight loss to this diet and lifestyle change.

11 Unique Plant-Smart Ways to Save Your Health for Retirement

11 Unique Plant-Smart Ways to Save Your Health for Retirement

Whether you are a young person just entering the work force, or up in age (like myself), retirement is probably something that comes across your mind at least once in a while. We all think about how we can effectively save money so we can retire, and ideally have money we can spend on things ranging from our mortgages to entertainment and traveling costs. For many, these savings plans usually come in the form of 401k investments, though other options are available. 

The 30 Vegetables Highest in Plant-Based Protein

The 30 Vegetables Highest in Plant-Based Protein

Did you know that many vegetables have high levels of protein, and that you don't need to eat meat to get this valuable macronutrient? Plant-based protein has been growing increasingly popular as many people are looking for alternatives to meat - which has scientific associations with poor health conditions over time like heart disease. Protein is an essential nutrient that can be derived from so many veggies - to the extent that once you know what to eat, you won't even have to concern yourself with counting grams of protein consumed daily. I have put together a list of 30 great plant-based protein sources below: